Our Clinical Team

Drawing on years of clinical techniques and supportive interventions, our highly credentialed therapists design sophisticated therapy plans that specifically address each boy’s needs – and those of his family.

Jean Zehnder M.D.

Jean Zehnder M.D.

Psychiatrist

"It is important to me that each meeting I have with the youth I work with at Gateway, I communicate to that student their individual worth, uniqueness, and hope for a bright future.  I want them to feel comfortable discussing any issue without being judged and know that I am their advocate."

 

 

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Credentials

  • Doctor of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Triple Board Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Adult Psychiatry, University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Extensive experience treating youth in residential settings since 1995
  • Licensed Physician in Utah and Ethiopia

Philosophy

Jean believes that the difficulties youth experience before coming to Gateway need to be understood within their developmental, biological, family, and social contexts.  Jean believes medication should only be used sparingly, with the input and informed consent of the youth and parents, taking into account the observations of staff, their therapist, and teachers.  Jean communicates with the parents shortly after their son’s admission as well as after each time she meets with him to keep them involved in, and informed of, all medical treatment decisions.

PROFESSIONAL

Jean has worked with adolescents and their families since 1995 in residential and day treatment settings. In both residential and day treatment programs Jean has helped youth transition from wilderness programs, the State Hospital, and acute inpatient hospitalizations back to their families. Jean has worked with youth who struggle with depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, school problems, anxiety, aggression, psychosis, substance abuse, oppositional behaviors, nonverbal learning disorder, and autistic spectrum disorder.  She was the psychiatrist for a day treatment team for adolescents with autistic spectrum disorder for fourteen years.
Jean has also worked with adults and children in outpatient settings for the past two years.

Additionally, Jean has traveled to India and Ethiopia for humanitarian medical clinics as a pediatrician.

PERSONAL
Jean grew up near the Great Lakes and has a life long affection for swimming, waterskiing, and sailboarding.  Having lived in Utah for 25 years, she has also acquired a sincere appreciation for snow skiing and hiking, not to mention heat without the humidity and mosquitos.  Jean also enjoys travel, especially visiting her three children at college.

CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS
 I have had several patients come to residential on medication who do not want to be on medication. The medications may have been added during a crisis or a decompensation, and neither the student nor the parent knows if they have helped or not. In many, but not all cases it is possible for the youth to learn new ways of dealing with anger, anxiety, or depression and slowly taper medications with the parents consent within the controlled setting of Gateway.  Having input from the entire team is invaluable.   Many times, students are able to come off of their medications or be on fewer medications or lower dosages.

Julie Barbero, LCSW

Julie Barbero, LCSW

Clinical Director and Co-Owner

"At Gateway, we are relentless in our quest to find the most effective treatment for each individual student. No two boys are the same—so the therapeutic interventions and approach must be tailored to each boy's unique needs. Even in the course of a single day, we will use several different clinical approaches until a method clicks. The entire staff is commitied to the success of each and every boy, and our clinical team is exceptional. I would trust my own child in Gateway's care."

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Credentials

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Master of Science, Adolescent Family Therapy, University of Denver
  • Bachelor of Science, Social Work and Psychology, Weber State University
  • Adolescent and family therapist since 1993
  • Developed adolescent programs and residential treatment curriculum at multiple facilities

Philosophy

For Julie, creating emotional security is the first essential step in helping a boy to overcome his trauma, anxiety, depression, and the difficult obstacles in his life. Julie also believes that the intentional use of relationship and interactions with each boy also provide opportunities for the boys to develop, test and refine new interpersonal skills. Julie ensures that every member of the Gateway team creates daily positive experiences to instill confidence and hope in the boys. By building on these moments in Gateway's safe, homelike, environment, the boys allow themselves to be vulnerable and begin to face painful emotions and take risks to develop new skills. The open, trusting relationships they develop with Julie and the staff also becomes a model for how to create healthy relationships back home.

Professional

Julie has experience working in nearly every residential position including line staff, therapist, and now Clinical Director. She has been working as a social worker and family therapist since 1993. Julie's extensive education and experience provides her a comprehensive understanding that guides her in designing and overseeing Gateway boys' individualized treatment. Julie has presented as a professional in numerous state conferences regarding adolescent development, gender-specific therapy and specialized treatment approaches for addressing trauma, grief and substance abuse. Julie firmly believes that a team approach achieves the best results, so she works closely with the entire staff to implement a unified vision, constant communication, and diverse array of clinically sophisticated therapies.

Personal

Julie enjoys hiking, skiing, recreation rock climbing and yoga. She also loves any activity that allows her to experience the world through the eyes of her two young daughters, including reading, cooking and gardening together.

Creating Student Success

Julie remembers working with a boy who was so depressed and anxious he refused to go outside of his home for nearly a year. He was transferred to Gateway after a brief hospitalization. Julie began working with the boy by talking for only short periods of time, taking walks around campus, and engaging in experiential opportunities for indirect expression of his feelings. Over time, their sessions gradually increased until he became comfortable enough to talk about his feelings and begin to develop skills to cope with stress and bolster his self confidence. The boy's parents also participated in family therapy with Julie where they learned to alter their parenting style to better help their son. Equipped with the coping mechanisms he learned at Gateway, the young man is now able to manage his residual anxieties. He now attends a university, sometimes returning to Utah in the summer to work at as a mentor for other boys at Gateway.

 

M. Michelle Gourley, MFT, LCSW, JD

M. Michelle Gourley, MFT, LCSW, JD

Director of Clinical Development and Co-Owner

"As a Gateway owner, it is extremely important to me to provide a safe, caring, clinically sophisticated, and individually tailored approach to each student. I believe this is the way to provide a truly effective and caring method of healing. I'm so lucky to be able to do what I love, and to do it with such a talented and invested staff team. At Gateway, we care about each other. We care about the boys, and we share vision and heart. I think that makes all the difference."

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Credentials

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Utah
  • Master of Social Work, Brigham Young University
  • Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Brigham Young University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed member of the Utah State Bar
  • Psychotherapist in residential and outpatient settings since 1982

Philosophy

Michelle believes every boy is unique, and deserves to be treated that way. No matter what issues a boy has when he arrives at Gateway, he has the potential to live a fulfilling and happy life. Michelle knows that the key to unlocking that potential is different for every student. Michelle works closely with the Gateway team to craft an individualized treatment approach that builds on each boy's strengths and addresses his unique issues. Regardless of the specific approach, Michelle insists that it is holistic—engaging the mind, the emotions and the body of each boy. The curriculum and therapy must also utilize movement and knowledge about the brain to facilitate growth and healing. Michelle believes that every interaction with a youth is an intervention.

Professional

Michelle has been working with youth and their families since 1982. As a clinical social worker, a family psychotherapist and a private family and juvenile law attorney, Michelle's career has been spent working on behalf of youth and their families. Michelle has extensive experience working in both residential and outpatient settings. She also has many years experience providing clinical assessment of adolescents for the Utah Third District Juvenile Court. Michelle has presented as a professional in both state and national conferences regarding adolescent development, juvenile sexual development, and specialized treatment approaches incorporating neuroscience and movement. Michelle was instrumental in making Gateway the first program in the country to include the science of deliberate movement within its treatment and academic curriculum, and she continues to study and incorporate cutting-edge research on the brain and adolescent development into Gateway's academic curriculum and therapy.

Personal

Michelle loves music, poetry, and photography. She is a violinist, scuba diver, and avid cyclist. Her friends tease her about reading "boring" books, but her desire to know all there is to know about the brain is insatiable. Above all, Michelle loves spending time with her family and friends.

Creating Student Success

Michelle's success story is every boy at Gateway. As an owner and clinician, she has been able to bring her vision of a safe, validating environment, individualized treatment, and the application of current research to life at Gateway. Whether facilitating a therapy session, training staff or improving programming, Michelle is invested in ensuring the success of each youth at Gateway. As a result, she has had the privilege of sharing in the accomplishments and healing of many boys and their families.

Emily Faber, MSW, LCSW

Emily Faber, MSW, LCSW

Assistant Clinical Director and Summit Therapist

"Building a relationship with my kids is key. I first develop rapport so they know they have a safe relationship with me. After we have that foundation, we work together to identify and achieve their goals so they can be more confident and successful."

 

 

 

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Credentials

  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, Western Michigan University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Structured studies in India focused on self-soothing with meditation and yoga.

Philosophy

Emily understands the importance of building a strong, safe, grounded relationship with each boy. To do so, Emily connects with each young man on an individual level. She also helps each young man understand that she doesn't "fix" them. She does not believe any young man is "broken". Rather, Emily believes each youth needs to learn new skills to take responsibility for creating their own happiness.

Emily recommends that parents read The Parallel Process. For specific issues, she recommends, Addictive Thinking, SOS Help for Emotions, Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger's Disorder, Being Adopted, and Letting Go of Anger.

Professional

Emily has worked with at-risk youth since 1994 as wilderness staff, therapist assistant, milieu staff, and therapist. Emily specializes in helping boys who have difficulty forming relationships, boys who are anxious or depressed, and boys with executive functioning or processing disorders. Emily is known for her commitment, enthusiasm and ability to connect well with the students and their families. She loves working at Gateway because of the program's clinical sophistication.

Personal

Emily enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, yoga, biking, snowboarding, reading and cooking at home. She often uses her love of the outdoors to connect with the boys. Her colleagues describe her as a fun-loving "ball of fire."

Creating Student Success

Emily recalls working with a young man with Tourette's syndrome and substance-abuse problems. He painstakingly engaged in the difficult process of healing, working hard to get his life on track. Years later, she met him again and could see no signs of Tourette's. He was sober, attending a university, and engaged to be married. Emily has had several of her students check back with her to tell how happy they are, and how well they are doing. As a therapist, Emily's greatest reward is seeing the progress the boys make puttng into practice what they've learned at Gateway Academy.

Matt Jackman, MSPC, CMHC

Matt Jackman, MSPC, CMHC

Summit Therapist

“For me, Gateway is a place where a group of special people come together to help clients realize their potential.  It is a humbling experience to come together as a team and see the growth and development that happens to the boys and their families here at Gateway. I am grateful that I am trusted and able to be a small part of these boys' life long journey.”

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CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Science in Professional Counseling, Westminster University
  • Bachelors of Science, Psychology, University of Utah
  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

PHILOSOPHY

Matt believes that everyone has potential, and that through support and hard work each of us can make this life what we want it to be. Matt uses the strong relationships he creates with his students as a way to address their difficult topics while assisting them to maintain a high level of accountability in the work they do together. He loves the individualized and experiential approach at Gateway and opportunities to spend time with his students outside the office to goof around and play a pickup game of basketball or ultimate Frisbee. He appreciates how much he learns from his students and their families as he supports them through their transformative journey.

 Matt recommends parents read Parenting From The Inside Out as well as The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving The Heart Of Conflict.

PROFESSIONAL

Matt’s professional experience began in 2008 as a milieu staff at Gateway Academy.  Matt was quickly promoted to the position of lead staff where he worked for several years while he attended graduate school.  Before his eventual return to Gateway Academy in his current position as a therapist, Matt worked for several years as a therapist in both residential and outpatient settings.  Matt also volunteers at The Sharing Place, a local grief counseling center for children. 

PERSONAL

Matt enjoys spending his free time with family and friends.  He enjoys experiencing the outdoors during Utah’s four diverse seasons.  His hobbies include snowmobiling, snowboarding, hiking, camping, fishing, boating, wakeboarding, and four wheeling.

CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Matt recalls working with a youth who was nearly 16 who came to Gateway with a history of depression, anxiety, aggressive behaviors, family relationship problems and school refusal. With the help and support of the residential structure, including feedback from his peers and insight from staff members, Matt was able to assist this boy to develop greater awareness of his emotional process and how his behaviors were bringing unwanted consequences into his life.  Through a collaborative effort with this boy, he was able to develop insight and motivation which lead to improved skills and behavioral changes that altered his unhealthy coping patterns. He began to open up and communicate with his parents and peers.  He also started to engage in several interactive activities including group games and sports.  This created a way for him to connect more meaningfully with others which in turn helped to reduce his anxiety and depression.  His relationship with those around him improved and he was able to accomplish his academic requirements.  This helped him create a positive self identity where he saw himself as competent and worthy of connection with others. 

Dave Borba, CSW

Dave Borba, CSW

Alpine Therapist

“I love the opportunities for self-exploration and relationship building that working with teens provides. My favorite moments as a therapist are when I get to witness moments of connection within individual and family experiences – glimpses of insight, empathy, and compassion toward self and others – moments when the shared threads of emotion that bind our experiences are recognized, and the opportunity to mend is realized. My therapeutic philosophy places emphasis on relationship and healthy emotional expression. As such, I strive to provide adolescents opportunities to explore their path toward individuation in a safe environment through support, empathy, compassion and guidance informed by evidence-based practices.”

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CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Licensed Certified Social Worker in the State of Utah
  • Clinical experience: Expressive Therapies, Family Systems, Integrative Couples Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

 PHILOSOPHY

To heal is to make whole. Insight and integration through moments of connection create pathways toward healing. As a therapist, Dave places emphasis on the importance of connectivity – connection with self, with others, and the communities and environments in which we live. Dave’s mission is to create and facilitate opportunities for your son and family to nurture greater understanding and insight within your experiences and provide new ways to develop stronger connections once they return to their day-to-day lives outside of Gateway.

Dave recommends parents read Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and The Parallel Process.

PROFESSIONAL

Dave began his career as a therapist serving veterans at Salt Lake City’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center as part of an interdisciplinary team in an outpatient setting. During his time at the VA, Dave worked with a diverse population and a wide variety of symptoms, experiences and diagnoses as an individual and couples’ therapist. Dave’s journey then led to him toward facilitating connection via wilderness therapy. As a family therapist for a wilderness program in Central Utah, Dave worked directly with teens and their families facilitating weekend intensive interventions in which he helped families explore their dynamics and work toward greater understanding and expression of unique perspectives within the family system in order to help families adjust their course toward healthier habits of relationship.

Dave bring a rich life’s perspective to Gateway. Prior to returning to college in his late thirties, Dave worked as an industrial designer, professional photographer, and creative director. Dave also spent 3 years traveling the country as a full-time visual artist, selling his interactive kinetic sculptures and listening to people share their stories along the way. Through his own work as an artist and conversations with others, Dave experienced and witnessed the powers of self-introspection and healing embodied within the creative process. It was these observations that inspired Dave to return to school and develop his natural insights into a clinically skilled therapeutic practice.


PERSONAL

Dave first experienced the profound opportunities wild places create for self-discovery and connectivity at the age of 14 while attending a school which emphasized experiential learning through fieldwork and wilderness activities. The wild and scenic landscapes of Utah and neighboring states continued to offer Dave a sense of belonging as he explored a meandering path which ultimately led him to pursue an advanced standing graduate degree in clinical social work, emphasizing in mental health, with the intent to help others explore their own paths of discovery toward self-actualization.

In his free time, Dave often remains unseen in search of remote places on his own, with his partner, son, dog, blended family, or all of the above. Favorite activities include making sawdust, rowing rivers, fishing, mountain biking, and plucking around on stringed instruments (when nobody is listening).


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Dave approaches therapy from a strengths-based perspective to help students explore and identify their innate strengths and explore student and family assets that have not yet been recognized or fully developed. At a therapist and mentor, Dave strives to foster students’ confidence in their own abilities to advocate for themselves and prepare students to continue their journeys of individuation and relationship after Gateway. Along the way, Dave also focusses on providing opportunities for students to develop healthy relationships with their emotional experience through insight and expression with the intent of creating deeper connections to self and others so students can better harness their lives’ full potential during their next steps.

 

Stephanie Chamberlain, LCSW

Stephanie Chamberlain, LCSW

Alpine Therapist

"One of my favorite parts of being a therapist is seeing adolescents and their families develop healthy, supportive, and loving connections.  I love being a part of each teen's process of learning about themselves and finding their path of creating more resilience, confidence, emotional stability, relationship connections and healthier minds."

 

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Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR


Philosophy
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Stephanie is known for developing a safe, authentic, and grounded relationship with each student and family she works with. Stephanie believes in constructing a creative, yet challenging and motivating, space for students to explore their core issues and strengths.  She aids her students in adapting and developing coping skills, to practice emotional identification and regulation, and to repair and strengthen healthy relationships with family and peers.

Stephanie recommends that parents read The Parallel Process, Parenting From the Inside Out, and Brave Parenting.


Professional:

Stephanie has been interested and working in the helping field since she was an adolescent herself. She started by volunteering with children with learning differences and volunteering with after school programs. Eventually as an undergraduate, she volunteered abroad on 3 different 6-month placements working with displaced children and families and youth who come from struggling home environments.

Stephanie has been working with adolescents, young adults, and families since 2011 in residential treatment, wilderness therapy programs, outpatient settings, and youth crisis services. She first started working in this field as a wilderness staff, therapist assistant, then a therapist. Stephanie’s professional expertise includes the following: treating anxiety, depression, trauma, academic traumas, low self-esteem, and students who struggle developing and maintaining relationships. Stephanie has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Motivational Interviewing. Because of her passion and genuinely warm-hearted approach to therapy, Stephanie is easily able to build rapport and trust with her clients.


Personal:

Stephanie loves being in the outdoors especially when she is able to get into the backcountry. Slowing down and appreciating the beauty Mother Nature offers helps her refocus. She enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling, gardening, reading, exploring with my dog Lewis, and spending backyard time with friends and family.


Creating Student Success:

Stephanie strives to enrich and empower the lives of her students and their families for long-term success. Stephanie values and works hard to identify and highlight the strengths of each student and family dynamic she works with. She strives to empowers her students to advocate for themselves and problem solve so they gain a sense of control over their situation and ultimately their own life.  When a student becomes ready to transition out of Gateway he will have many struggles which have been overcome and abundance of successes through his stay with the care and support of the team around him thus creating momentum to prepare him take on the next step.

Boston Bushnell, LCSW

Boston Bushnell, LCSW

Gateway House Therapist

"Youth have to believe in themselves and possibility. Humans have great capacity for change and growth, but if they don’t see this and feel it, they remain stifled and stuck. Youth not only need to believe in themselves but also have people in their lives who regularly remind them of their capacity to change despite the circumstances that may be happening at the time. Through a team approach at Gateway with parents, we all support each other in helping each student discover and develop these possibilities so that he and his family can move forward."

 

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Credentials

  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Utah
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Philosophy 

 

Professional Experience

Boston began his Gateway career in 2014 where he worked for four years as a staff mentor building strong rapport with the boys through sports, music, art, and other shared passions. In 2018, Boston left Gateway to pursue his Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Utah with the hope of returning to Gateway as a therapist. After Boston finished his Master'sdegree and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2019, he worked with adults struggling with substance use and addiction. In 2021, the stars aligned and Boston returned to Gateway to pursue his passion of working with teenagers.

Personal

When Boston is not working, you're most likely tofind him hitting jumps and dropping cliffs on his snowboard or mashing homeruns in slow pitch softball tournaments.

 

Jorden Saxton, LCSW

Jorden Saxton, LCSW

Summit Therapist

“Working with young people and their families is a humbling experience.  I am frequently grateful and inspired by the courage, strength, dedication, and determination it takes to engage in the work of repair, growth, and reconnection that can happen at Gateway Academy.”


 

 

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Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Actor Training Program, University of Utah

  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah  

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Utah

  • Clinical experience:  Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy

Philosophy:

Jorden practices from a place of deep empathy and respect for the challenges, struggles, strengths, and resources inherent in each individual and the human experience.  She prioritizes the cultivation of a safe and nurturing environment, where clients can feel free to bring their fullest self to the table.  She emphasizes the development of a solid and supportive therapeutic relationship where challenges can be explored, understood, and resolved.  She understands the importance of young people experiencing and overcoming hardships, stepping into action and accountability, and developing resiliency.  She recognizes the power of experience to help shape and change, and thus, utilizes experiential learning as often as possible. 

Professional:

Jorden has been working with adolescents and their families in a variety of settings since 2015.  She began her career path by working in wilderness therapy as a field mentor, and in community mental health as a respite provider.  Before returning to graduate school to pursue her Masters of Social Work degree, Jorden actually worked at Gateway Academy as an OEE staff member!  During her graduate school studies, Jorden worked as therapist/case manager at a domestic violence center, and then as therapist at a residential treatment center for adults working on substance use recovery.  After graduate school, Jorden worked at another residential therapeutic boarding school with adolescent girls and their families as that program's substance use therapist. Of note, Jorden has spoken at local and national conferences, seminars, and workshops about the opioid crisis.

Jorden is now thrilled to be back at Gateway Academy as a therapist.  

Personal:

Jorden has a variety of interests outside of working with young people and their families.  She is a passionate world traveler, and enthusiastic dog owner.  She apologizes in advance if she overshares in a moment of excitement about Perth, her Australian Cattle Dog, or her travels locally, domestically, and internationally.  Jorden values being active outside year round, which includes (but is not limited to) skiing/snowboarding, rocking climbing, canyoneering, slalom water skiing, backpacking, and rockhounding.   

Creating Student Success:

Jorden emphasizes a humanistic, relationship based, and experiential approach.  Partnering with her clients, Jorden works to quickly build a supportive and therapeutic relationship that can be used to build upon clients strengths and explore areas of potential.  Jorden focuses on empowering her clients to face challenges with curiosity and accountability.  Working with families, Jorden works to address patterns, strengths, and supports within the system and areas of collective growth and learning.  

 


 


 

Mitchel Acton, CSW

Mitchel Acton, CSW

Alpine Therapist

"Being a part of the team here at Gateway Academy is an incredible experience. Adolescence is a significant time of life for most people, and it isn't always easy. Adolescents have a remarkable ability to build relationships, think abstractly, and develop insight. At Gateway I am fortunate to be a part of each teens journey through adolescence and assist them in developing their strengths, their relationships and how to thrive during this phase of life, and help prepare them for life going forward." 


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Credentials
  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Utah; Minor in History, University of Utah
  • Cognitive, Behavioral therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Gottman Method Couples Therapy

 

Philosophy

Mitchel has a passion for working with adolescents and their families. He believes that individuals already have the innate ability to make the changes they would like to see in their lives, but sometimes we need assistance in identifying that part of ourselves. Mitchel assists individuals and families by providing a safe and respectful therapeutic setting. He believes that ineffective communication pushes people away and has a strong desire to assist adolescents and their families to have conversations that are congruent with their values, allowing adolescents and their families to discuss core issues effectively, develop emotional and cognitive regulation and gain the coping skills necessary to manage the difficulties life presents.

Professional

Mitchel began his career in the mental health field working at Gateway Academy for two years as a staff mentor. Mitchel left Gateway in 2018 to pursue his Master's degree in Social Work. During that time Mitchel worked full time as a Case Manager for individuals experiencing homelessness. Mitchel has since worked in a variety of residential settings, as well as experience working in non profit, school, and outpatient settings. During this time Mitchel has been able to work with children, adolescents, couples and families. This experience has allowed Mitchel to work with individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship struggles, and other more complex diagnoses such as Schizophrenia. Mitchel has training in Cognitive, Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and the treatment of trauma. 

Personal

When not working Mitchel is most likely spending time with friends and family. Mitchel enjoys snowboarding, board games, reading, video games and is an avid sports enthusiast. 

Creating Student Success 

Mitchel has a relationships based approach and recognizes the importance of developing strong rapport with his students and their families. Mtchel applies this approach to assist adolescents and their families nurture and develop their relationships as a family in addition to the interpersonal relationships each student will inevitably encounter as they are enrolled at Gateway Academy, and throughout their lives going forward. Mitchel utilizes evidence based practices and practice based evidence to teach students adaptive coping skills to manage cognitive distortions, emotion regulation,  and provide a firm foundation from which each student is able to thrive on their journey through life.